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5 Things You Should Never Do to Your Face


By now we all know the basics of a good skincare routine, but let’s review them so we’re all capiche. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, healthy skin comes down to developing and maintaining a skincare routine that’s best for your skin type. Although you’re free to customize your skincare rituals, there are three essential components that we all need to follow: cleanse, moisturize, and protect. Speaking at the American Academy of Dermatology, Dr. Sonia Badreshia-Bansal offered this advice to all skin types:

Here are 5 things you should never do to your face:


5. Not Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes

I know, it’s hard to imagine that the makeup brushes that bring you such lovely contouring could be contributing to your breakouts, but they could be if you’re not washing them regularly. Luckily it’s not too much of a hassle: foundation and concealer brushes should get a dip weekly, while eye brushes need to be cleaned monthly.


4. Not Getting Enough Sleep

Getting sufficient shut-eye is more important than bingeing the latest show on Netflix, at least as far as your skin is concerned. Cosmopolitan reports that lack of sleep can result in dry skin, breakouts, redness, and dark circles.

3. Over Exfoliating

Exfoliating keeps your pores clear and your skin looking fresh, but over exfoliating can cause unnecessary irritation. “You’re actually removing the protective barrier that your skin has,” Dr. Ben Johnson, founder of Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare, told Bustle. “Once removed, your skin is exposed to environmental toxins and sun damage, causing aging.”

2. Trying To Pop A Cyst

I know — we just went over acne, but cystic acne deserves a class all of its own. Dr. Elizabeth L. Tanzi told Teen Vogue that cysts aren’t actually pustules at all, but a fluid-filled infection deep in the skin. The result? They never come to a head like a pimple. Also, a cyst causes damage to the tissues surrounding it in the first place, so trying to pop one only exacerbates the issue. What a joy.

1. Picking at Blemishes

This is a really bad idea for two reasons. One: your skin is far more likely to scar after popping a zit, and scars take forever to fade. Two: our fingers are pretty much bacteria-ridden meat sticks, and a pimple is a localized infection. The result of this biological meet-and-greet? Mr. Pimple comes back… with friends. So when the urge arises, sit on your hands and wait it out, or if Mt. Vesuvius appears, call a dermatologist.
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